Today's News

  • Gas station birds ruffle rescuer's feathers

    Cages of colorful, cackling tropical birds line one wall of the small checkout area and store at Barrett’s Service Station on Holden Beach Road.

    For the three years they’ve been breeding and selling assorted birds at the Shallotte station, they’ve had no problems, station owner John Barrett said.

    “Do they look like they’re in danger to you?” Barrett asked as the birds sounded off from cages and perches on display inside the station.

  • Jim Quick & Coastline entertain Sunset Beach July 24

    Singer/songwriter Jim Quick is the front man for Jim Quick & Coastline, a band rooted in the Cape Fear region and along the Grand Strand.

    Coastline, though not a true beach band, performs more R&B and shag songs.

    Quick, inspired by his childhood years growing up “between the swamplands and sand hills of southeastern North Carolina,” has been touring the Southeast for more than 15 years, playing nearly 300 shows a year. He has released more than 11 albums, including his latest, “Down South.”

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    SUNSET BEACH — A husband and wife have been arrested in connection with a domestic dispute.

    On Sunday, July 7, Sunset Beach police charged Beth Ann Wooddell, 43, with simple assault.

    Police also charged Michael Joseph Wooddell, 44, with assault on a female.

    Both are residents of 908 Resort Circle, Unit 912, in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Police Detective Joe Smith said officers responded after both complained they had been assaulted. Each had signs of assault, so both were arrested, Smith said.

  • Cross over to Old Bridge performance by Mandee Williams

    Local vocalist Mandee Williams will once again entertain Sunset Beach at the Old Bridge Preservation Society’s next Summer at the Old Bridge concert Thursday night, July 25.

    “Welcome to the Movies, the Sequel,” will be presented as part of the society’s Family Fun Nights series, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Old Bridge at 109 Shoreline Drive W. in Sunset Beach.

    Williams’ encore performance will be accompanied by pianist Lynn Wood and drummer Brooks Morgan.

  • Old Bridge cookbook featured in Our State magazine

    If asked, anyone who lives or visits Brunswick County knows and would say emphatically that the best cooks and bakers in the world live here. Now they are being recognized.

    Each month the editorial staff of Our State magazine highlights a regional cookbook, and this month’s feature is the Old Bridge Preservation Society’s Old Bridge Cookbook.

  • 2013 Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach set for Sept. 21-22

    The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society is getting ready for the 28th annual Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach, and wants the community to be a part of it.

    This year’s event will take place the weekend of Sept. 21-22 and will once again take riders to the beach, ending in Sunset Beach.

  • Last weekend for BLT's 'Beauty and the Beast'

    Brunswick Little Theatre’s summer presentation is Disney's “Beauty and the Beast.”

    Performances began July 26 and run through Aug. 4 at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The musical is based on the popular animated 1991 film of the same title, Thom Clemmons, Publicity Director for Brunswick Little Theatre, said.

    Alan Mencken and Howard Ashman wrote the score for the film.

  • Band of the Week: You can never get enough of Too Much Sylvia

    Too Much Sylvia has the desire and ability to please and play something everyone will enjoy.

    The Carolinas-based band’s fun, contagious personalities touch all. Whether at a low-key dinner setting or an energetic ‘80s-style party, the band easily adapts.

    Band members’ talents will be showcased at this week’s Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Calabash Town Hall Day set for Friday

    Four decades ago, the first board of commissioners of the newly incorporated town of Calabash sat down and commenced with the Seafood Capital’s first town meeting.

    The date was July 28, 1973.

    Forty years later, the town of Calabash has grown, changed and is still going strong. It’s transformed from a small fishing village with a handful of seafood restaurants to a less-small town with a year-round population of 1,831 residents and more than 30 restaurants serving people from all over the world.

  • Man cultivates bananas on backyard tree

    A banana tree grows in Brunswick County.

    And sometimes it even yields a few delicious bananas, says tree owner Emmett Grissett — right in his own backyard in the Cedar Grove community.

    “I started off with a little thing right there,” said Grissett, standing beside the flourishing tropical tree towering over his head where the latest baby bananas are emerging.

    It wasn’t so long ago that plant “looked like nothin’ — just stalks,” Grissett said. “I cut all the leaves off to just a stump.”